You will find below a series of statements which describe how people may react to the uncertainties of life. Please use the scale below to describe to what extent each item is characteristic of you (for each item please tick one of the five boxes) as follows:
1-not at all characteristic of me
2 – a little characterstic of me
3- Somewhat characteristic of me
4- very characteristic of me
5-entirely characteristic of me
- Unforeseen events upset me greatly.
- It frustrates me not having all the information I need.
- One should always look ahead so as to avoid surprises.
- A small unforeseen event can spoil everything‚ even with the best planning.
- I always want to know what the future has in store for me.
- I can’t stand being taken by surprise.
- I should be able to organize everything in advance.
- Uncertainty keeps me from living a full life.
- When it’s time to act‚ uncertainty paralyses me.
- When I am uncertain‚ I can’t function very well.
- The smallest doubt can stop me from acting.
- I must get away from all uncertain situations.
SCORING AND INTERPRETING YOUR RESULTS
To score the IUS add up the responses for each of the items
Prospective Anxiety (add up the responses from 1-7), which relates to how much we desire for predictability. A high score indicates how difficult and uncomfortable it is to deal with uncertainty
Inhibitory Anxiety (add up the response from 8-12), which relates to how much uncertainty paralyzes us. A high score indicates how difficult it is to prepare for and respond to uncertain events.
Total score indicates how much uncertainty is intolerable and dysfunctional in your life.
Carleton‚ R. N.‚ Norton‚ M. A. P. J.‚ & Asmundson‚ G. J. G. (2007). Fearing the unknown: A short version of the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale. Journal of Anxiety Disorders‚ 21‚ 105-117